M House by MDBA, Guallart Architects

43763 La Nou de Gaià Tarragona Spain

In the center of the quaint, rustic village of La Nou de Gaia, in Catalonia, Spain, M House sits in subtle juxtaposition to its vernacular neighbours. With an idea of “simplicity as the greater sophistication”, Maria Díaz of Spanish firm MDBA Architects, together with Guallart Architects, designed this three-bedroom holiday home using the house’s traditional environment as a starting point, but highlighting its modern character through an exposed steel structure.

With stunning views out over the fields and distant hillsides of Els Masos de Vespella to the north-facing rear of the house, it is not surprising that the architects created all its main openings towards the back. Whilst the front preserves the solid, indigenous form of the existing building – with restricted openings, traditionally railed balconies and deliberate exposure of the old stone arch around the entry door – the largely glazed rear of the property offers a very contermporary, almost contrasting style.

  • 43763 La Nou de Gaià Tarragona Spain
  • MDBA Architects

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